One of our friends regularly drops off her grandchild at school. On a recent occasion, the six year old informed her grandmother that it was “No Packaging Day” at school – a regular event – and her lunch should contain no packaging or wrapping of any sort.
Note that this public school is located in a very well-heeled part of Melbourne in which the parents make high incomes, many in the private sector.
The little girl is in the habit of having a tub of yoghurt as part of her lunch and our friend went into a blind panic about whether she should simply tip the contents into the lunchbox (think: mess, seepage, etc) or abandon the yoghurt and disappoint the child. Rebellion was out of the question because the child would have been punished or ostracised in some way.
What is the point? Who dreams up this sort of useless but inconvenient gestures? Is there no concern for the instrusiveness of this sort of dictate?
I guess it is all about this Gaia rubbish being peddled in the national curriculum – a practical demonstration of sustainable practice, a reminder of the heavy carbon footprint we impose on the Earth. Who knows?